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Elizabeth Economy

Director, Aisa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Elizabeth Economy is the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her most recent book, The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future(Cornell University Press, 2004; Second Edition, 2010), was named one of the Top 50 Sustainability Books in 2008 by the University of Cambridge, won the 2005 International Convention on Asia Scholars Award for the best social sciences book published on Asia, and was listed as one of the top ten books of 2004 by the Globalist as well as one of the best business books of 2010 by Booz Allen Hamilton’s strategy+business magazine. She has been published in Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyThe New York Times, Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review, among others. Dr. Economy frequently testifies before Congress and appears on television and radio. She serves on the board of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of China.

Dr. Economy received her PhD from the University of Michigan, her AM from Stanford University and her BA from Swarthmore College. In 2008, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Vermont Law School.


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